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Why the New York Mets will best the Washington Nationals

Last season, many people picked the Washington Nationals as the favorites to win the NL East. With a pitching rotation that had 3 established top-tier pitchers in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Jordan Zimmerman, the Nationals had one of the most feared rotations in baseball. Fast forward one year, the tides have certainly turned. The New York Mets took the NL East by storm...
Via isportsweb.com
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy challenges soccer player to game of 'dizzy baseball'

Daniel Murphy defied all logic during his record-setting postseason home run tear last year, but despite his superhuman feat, he is still subjected to the laws of human nature.Murphy, who signed with the Washington Nationals this offseason after seven years with the New York Mets, recently took a trip over the pond to visit the English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, which...
Via Fox Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Eric Dier takes on Daniel Murphy in 'dizzy baseball'

When soccer and baseball cross paths, it usually leads to giant laughs. Our latest tale involving Tottenham's Eric Dier and Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy added more layers to the evergrowing mountain of hilarity.  Dier and Murphy recently got together in north London for a duel of 'dizzy baseball:' A spawn of 'dizzy bat' and 'dizzy goal.'The rules are simple; 1. Spin around...
Via Fox Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker on Nationals: "Why not now, and why not me?"

Speaking of his opportunity with the Nationals as part of an MLB documentary, Dusty Baker explains that both he and the club need a World Series ring. And now is the time.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Nationals minor leaguer Josh Johnson gave up playing for chance to manage

Josh Johnson toiled, if anyone ever did, on nine different teams in eight minor league baseball seasons. Johnson was a career minor leaguer who played nine seasons before even reaching Class AAA. A few months ago, he decided to retire from the Syracuse Chiefs after 12 seasons in the minors, six in the Nationals organization. […]
Via Nationals Journal
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Washington Nationals Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Nats were a huge disappointment in 2015, but Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were fantasy superstars. Is Harper worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Ben...
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT PROFILE: TREA TURNER

It isn’t often that a player regarded as highly as Trea Turner is traded away, but that’s exactly what happened in 2014 when the Nationals, in a three-team trade, acquired Turner from the Padres and only had to give up Steven Souza and Travis Ott to do it. Profile Turner shined at both AA and AAA in 2015 for the Nationals before getting the call up just before roster expansion...
Via The Fantasy Fix
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker says ‘the best is yet to come’ in MLB Network documentary

“Dustiny.” That’s how Dusty Baker’s friend Elvin Bishop, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, describes the first-year Nationals Manager’s uncanny tendency of being in the right place at the right time during his nearly 50-year career in pro baseball. Baker smoked a joint with Jimi Hendrix on […]
Via DC Sports Blog
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mutual respect: Harper, Donaldson go back and forth over hair

If you look up "real recognize real" in the dictionary, this Twitter exchange might be in there.On Monday night, the two reigning MVPs -- Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson -- bonded over a mutual respect: their flow.Here's to hoping these two have plenty of opportunities to let the lettuce breathe in 2016.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Nats roster outlook: Can Tanner Roark bounce back as a starter?

Tanner Roark struggled to establish himself as a reliever last year. But in 2016, he'll get another crack at a starting role.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Craig Stammen signs minor league deal with Cleveland

Tyler Clippard is not the only former Nationals pitcher on the move Monday. Craig Stammen has a new team as well.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Craig Stammen signs a minor league deal with the Indians

Another former National has found a home elsewhere. Craig Stammen, who had been with the Nationals organization since 2005, has inked a minor league deal with a big league spring training invite with the Indians. Stammen had received interest from several teams in a minor league deal since the Nationals non-tendered him in December, but […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito - Byron Kerr

The image of top prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito pitching in a Washington Nationals uniform could become even clearer this summer. Giolito paved the way to that end with a very positive 2015 campaign in which he pitched in 21 games, 19 of them starts, for 117 innings. He fired 131 ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Craig Stammen, Indians agree to minor league deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Craig Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The 31-year-old was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pretty nuts: Nats’ Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler do squirrel play-by-play

Longtime Nationals radio broadcaster Dave Jageler picked up his phone last Tuesday after celebrating his daughter’s birthday and was surprised to see several Twitter notifications. “I thought, what the heck? What has happened?” said Jageler, who doesn’t tweet much during the offseason. Had Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo pulled off a stunning trade? Was Tyler Clippard...
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Tyson’s Super Bowl commercial left out the best part

While there were more publicized national Super Bowl commercials this year, the most memorable for local viewers may have been the Michael and Son spot starring Mike Tyson — especially because a five-second clip of Tyson singing the plumbing and heating contractor’s catchy jingle was repeated at least twice during the game’s second half. I’m […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Reps DC at SuperBowl

Superstar athletes and celebrities were out in full force for the SuperBowl on Sunday and among those hitting the big game…2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper. But it was what he was wearing that turned heads, not the fact that he made the trip to Levi’s Stadium for the big game. Saturday, the Washington Nationals slugger teased his choice of headgear via Instagram. Travel...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper meets Steph Curry at the Super Bowl

There was a lot of star power on the field for Super Bowl 50, but there was a lot of star power off of it as well including two of the best players in other sports.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper shows off Redskins hat en route to Super Bowl

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper takes his D.C. allegiances seriously. So much that he's showing off his Redskins hat en route to Super Bowl 50.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America Nats No. 2 prospect: Trea Turner - Byron Kerr

Trea Turner, 22, got his first taste of the majors last season with the Nationals. It was a season that saw him play for four different teams after beginning the year as property of the San Diego Padres organization and ending up in a Nationals uniform for 27 games. He ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time’

This time next year, the Nationals and Astros will head elsewhere, not to Viera or Kissimmee, but to West Palm Beach and the new joint facility currently known as the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. According to Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner, reached by email this week for an update on his team’s new home, […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network to air Dusty Baker documentary on Feb. 9 - Nationals Buzz

Since being named as the new manager in early November, Dusty Baker has been busy learning about his new team. While the veteran skipper might prefer to rely on his own eyes at spring training, he met with his new charges during Winterfest weekend and has been having dialogue with ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Washington Nationals

Classic Threads goes to the Nation’s Capital and check out the Washington Nationals Brad Mills / USA TODAY Sports For many of us, seeing the Montreal Expos leave Quebec to become the Washington Nationals was a bittersweet moment. The Expos had bright and vibrant uniforms and styles, they did not deserve this fate. At the same time, how could we have gone so long without a team...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Park: Nats and MASN personalities get ready for spring training - Nationals Buzz

It was a slow week on social media for the Nationals, which must mean we are getting closer to spring training. The guys are probably busy getting their affairs in order, planning their workouts for the next two weeks and setting their packing checklist before heading out for Viera, Fla. ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg: This Could Be the Year

Success is often best measured relative to expectations. I am a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. Rich Kotite is one of the few coaches in Eagle history to finish with a career record over .500; Chip Kelly is another. I watched Kotite coach; he very well might have been the single worst head coach, in any sport, whom I have ever had the pleasure to watch. While most coaches are hired...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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